Art & Culture Newsletter:  May 23, 2016
News at Missoula Cultural Council
Did you know Missoula, Montana and Palmerston North, New Zealand have been Sister Cities for over 30 years? On May 28, we celebrate this unique relationship with our annual event, New Zealand Day, with a series of Rugby clinics and matches at Fort Missoula! This event is free and open to the public. Visit our website for more details.
Call to Artists:

First Night Missoula is a community festival celebrating the arts in Missoula. We are currently seeking proposals for creative projects and performances to take place in venues throughout Missoula on December 31, 2016.

First night will provide funding, venue space, tech support, and marketing for your creative project or performance. Tell us what you want to see in your community festival and how you plan to make it happen by applying online here.

Deadline:  June 30, 2016

Local Arts & Culture Events
First Folio! The Book That Brought Us Shakespeare

The University of Montana is pleased to announce that the  First Folio! exhibition will be on display in the
Montana Museum of Art and Culture and open to the public May 9 - 31, 2016.

The First Folio is the first complete collected edition of William Shakespeare's plays, published in 1623, seven years after his death. Compiled by two of Shakespeare's fellow actors, it preserves 36 of Shakespeare's plays. Without it, we would not have 18 of those plays, including "Macbeth," "Julius Caesar," "Twelfth Night," "The Tempest" and "Antony and Cleopatra."

Upcoming First Folio! Events

Shakespeare at the Movies :  Much Ado About Nothing plays at The Roxy Theater, May 23 at 7:30 PM.

Lecture "Shakespeare, Jonson, and literary immortality"  by John Hunt, PhD. Attend this lecture in the Montana Theatre, PART/TV Center on campus, May 26 at 7:00 PM. This lecture is free and open to the public.

Exhibition:   "Shakespeare's Sky,"  a hands-on exhibition at SpectrUM Discovery Area in downtown Missoula will be on view May 1-31, 2016. Compare tools we use today to Galileo's first use of the telescope! Call 728-7836 for more information.

Panel Discussion: MOLLI will host a special panel discussion session on the First Folio! This session is offered for MOLLI members only and requires registration. Call 243-2905 for more information.

View the whole First Folio! schedule online by clicking here.
Readings This Week at Shakespeare & Co.

Click on the book covers below for details about the readings.

Fact & Fiction presents:  Glen Chamberlain & Kim Zupan

On Tuesday, May 24, listen to Glen Chamberlain read from  All I Want is What You've Got.   Also listen to Kim Zupan read from a work-in-progress, Come Down, Archangel.  This reading and signing takes place at the downtown Fact & Fiction (220 N. Higgins) at 7 PM.
Summer Star-Gazing at the Planetarium

The University of Montana Department of Physics and Astronomy invites the public to its summer planetarium shows in the Payne Family Native American Center Star Gazing Room this May through August.  The 50-minute shows will be offered at 6:30 and 8 p.m. on Thursdays May 26, June 9 and 23, July 7 and 21, and Aug. 4 and 18. The maximum capacity for public shows is 28 people, so tickets are limited. Shows generally sell out far in advance and are not available the night of the show. Purchase your tickets online here.
Art Calls, Contests, & Postings

The deadlines are soon approaching for all of these calls! Please consider participating with any one of these wonderful organizations that promote a vibrant arts community for Missoula.

Click on each image below to find out more about these art calls!
Radius Gallery's  2nd Annual Juried Art Exhibition
Theme:   The Changing Moment
Deadline to Submit:   May 29
Montana Book Festival seeks authors & unique exhibitors!
Deadline to Submit:   June 1
City of Missoula Public Art Committee
Traffic Signal Box Project
Deadline to Submit:   June 3
Zootown Fringe Festival
Accepting participant applications now!
Deadline:   First come, first serve

The deadline has also been extended to June 1st for
Free Cycles Fridays on the UM Oval

A weekly bike ride that meets at the Grizzly Bear Statue on the UM Oval at 12:30 PM and rides to the community bike shop, Free Cycles, where participants can enjoy each other's company, work on their bike or take the Bike Well class. This happens every Friday. Returns to campus by 2 PM. 

For more information: Sandra Broadus, 243-4599, or email.  
Screenings at The Roxy Theater

The Roxy hosts screenings and events seven days a week, including new releases nightly and a monthly calendar of independent, foreign and classic films, theater, and community events. Visit Roxy's website for more information about this local, independent theater.

Missoula Museums

Montana Museum of Art & Culture presents....

Capturing Moments: Living Life with Parkinson's
May 9 - May 31, 2016
Paxson Gallery

First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare
May 9 - May 31, 2016
Meloy Gallery

Visit MMAC today!
Missoula Art Museum presents...

Holly Andres: The Homecoming
April 8 - August 20, 2016
Carnegie Gallery

Abbie Miller: Exit Strategies
April 1 - August 13, 2016
Aresty Gallery

Visit MAM today!

Classes, Workshops & Camps
Bob Ross Night at ZACC

On May 25 at 6:00 PM, Bring on your Bob Ross wigs, impressions, and appreciation for ZACC's monthly Bob Ross Night! Participants will be inspired to paint happy little trees while watching a Bob Ross video and drinking wine. Cost covers all your materials, supplies, and canvas. $20/$25 for non-members. Call 549-7555 for more info.
Art Workshops by Nancy Seiler

Nature Journaling Series: Expand your nature journaling skills by exploring different natural history topics. $50 per class (materials list and directions are provided with registration)

Memorial Day Memory Box Workshop: May 30, 5:30 - 7:30 PM

Register online  or call 370-1254. Visit Nancy's website for more information and workshops.
Aikido of Missoula Offers Intro to Aikido for Adults

Try the martial art of harmony with an orientation on June 4, followed by four guided basics classes. Call 539-8387 or visit the website for more information.
Summer Writing Camps for Youth

The Missoula Writing Collaborative  is offering summer writing camps this year for youth in two age groups: age 8 - 14, and high schoolers. The two sessions are July 11 - 15 and July 18 - 22, with half or full day options. Register online for Missoula Writing Collaborative's youth summer camps. With questions, call Sarah Kahn at 549-3348.
Missoula Children's Theatre Offers Summer Camps for Kids

The  Missoula Children's Theatre  is ready for summer day camp fun with your Grades 1-12 kids!  Convenient, online registration is now available for  Blackbeard The Pirate  (June 20-26),  The Pied Piper  (July 5-10) and  The Wiz of The West  (July 18-24). Register online today.
Regional Art & Culture Events
Sprouts! Produced by  Hamilton Middle School Theater Arts

Sprouts! is a play written by local playwright  Faylee Favara and directed by
April Johnson. It is  loosely based on the Bitterroot Trail books  published by the Bitter Root Valley Historical Society.  Come see this local play on May 26 in the Hamilton Middle School auditorium. Call Krista Smith at 363-3338 for more information.

Kalispell's Glacier Chorale Auditions

An open audition for new singers for the Glacier Chorale and Chamber Singers will be held on Friday, June 10 and Saturday, June 11 in Kalispell. Call 407-7000 for more information.
In the News
Conceptual Art's Long Shadow

The British contemporary artist Ryan Gander said: "There's this funny stereotype of conceptual art - or a shadow that follows it around - that it's dry and boring and black-and-white and photocopied. It's just art about thinking."

"It's about learning,'' he added, "discovery, investigation, turning over rocks and seeing what's under them."

Leading Actors Film New Shakespeare Solos Series for the Guardian

Adrian Lester, David Morrissey and Eileen Atkins are among the stars performing some of Shakespeare's greatest speeches in a set of videos to mark the 400th anniversary of the playwright's death. Watch the videos here.
Summer 2016 Books You Don't Want to Miss

This summer, in addition to the obvious 2016 warm-weather pastime of drinking watermelon water while listening to "Lemonade," we're looking forward to reading new books! Because, although we are big proponents of couch lounging, reading in the grass while using a book to shield your eyes from the sun has its particular joys. See the list here.
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Missoula Cultural Council  serves as a resource for the coordination, development and support of art and culture for the benefit of the Missoula community, with the goals of:
  • Advocating for public and private support of the arts and cultural activities.
  • Encouraging collaborative efforts among local arts organizations.

  • Educating community leaders and policy makers about the economic benefits of the arts.
  • Celebrating the value of diverse cultures and helping our community understand its place in the world.
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Missoula Cultural Council Board & Staff
Frankie Flaherty

Vice President
Greg Boris

Immediate Past President
Pam Walzer

Micki Frederikson

Gwen Landquist
Board of Directors
Laura Bovard
John Combs
Greg Johnson
Greg Nemoff
Katie Patten
Inay Todd
Jacque Walawander

Tom Bensen  |  Executive Director
Matt Anglen  |  Program Director
Grace Stopher  |  Public Art Coordinator

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